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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Washington state is likely to become the seventh state to legalize same-sex within the next two weeks, but opponents have already promised a ballot challenge that would halt any summer weddings.
As supporters celebrated the Senate's 28-21 vote passing the measure on Wednesday night, a coalition of religious groups promised to start collecting referendum signatures as soon as the measure is signed into law. The bill still has to be approved by the House, but with the tougher hurdle of the Senate already cleared, that second vote is just a formality.
Gov. Chris Gregoire announced support for the bill last month, and has promised to sign it into law. The law wouldn't take effect until June, and would be delayed if opponents turn in enough referendum signatures.
Here's a look at how the 49 Senate members voted Wednesday on legalizing same-sex marriage. The measure now heads to the House: